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7th December 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Whirlwinds and United States of America Mustangs fighters attacked railways and shipping in France, the Low Countries and Germany.

North Africa. After counter-attack by one of our armoured units the Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps withdrew in Tebourba area.

In Libya. Allied heavy bombers attacked Misurata and aerodromes near Homs.

Russian Front. Many Wehrmacht ground forces counterattacks were repulsed on Central front and North West of Stalingrad.

In Australasia. In fierce air fighting over New Guinea 20 Japanese air force aircraft were destroyed. Allied bombers attacked Lae and Japanese bases in New Britain.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters, attack docks and shipping at Bizerte. Escorted DB-7 Douglas Boston light bombers attack tanks in Tebourba-El Bathan area where elements of British First Army continue to be hard pressed. Other DB-7 Douglas Boston light bombers sent to bomb at La Hencha and Sousse abort because of bad weather. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-40 fighters fly numerous reconnaissance missions over Sousse-Sfax-Gabes area and patrols over Oran. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and F4U Corsair fighter fly photo reconnaissance over Sousse-Sfax-Gabes and Tunis-Bizerte areas. 3 squadrons of B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of 93d Bomber Group arrive in Africa from Eighth Air Force in United Kingdom. Ground fighting subsides as enemy attacks in Tebourba area decrease in intensity.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound area around Buna as ground forces attack the village and clear trench at South edge. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack wrecked vessel off Gona and a tanker off Gasmata. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit airfields at Lae.

Eleventh Air Force. Reconnaissance mission over Semichis and Attu is flown. Reconnaissance of Kiska is aborted due to weather.

M455 Minesweeper
Launched 7 December 1942

M459 Minesweeper
Commissioned 7 December 1942

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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